DRC Mining Week to Celebrate Successes and Focus on Challenges of Mining Sector in Lubumbashi in June

Lubumbashi, Congo (Kinshasa), May 27, 2016 --(PR.com)-- Ivanhoe Mines, Tiger Resources, Tenke Fungurume, Randgold and Banro are just some of the mining pioneers in the DRC that have been named as finalists in this year’s coveted DRC Mining Industry Awards that will take place on 8 June in Lubumbashi. It is part of the DRC Mining Week expo and conference which will be opened by the DRC’s Minister of Mines, H.E. Martin Kabwelulu Labilo, while Cameroon’s Minister of Industry and Technology Development, H.E Ernest Gwaboubou, will also attend the opening keynote session.

More than a thousand mining professionals are expected from 8-9 June at the only mining expo and conference providing market intelligence, strategic solutions and innovative technologies for mining operations. DRC Mining Week will provide four days of high-level networking, free training and the latest technologies, including a Power Focus Day, two-day conference, technical workshops, indoor and bigger outdoor expo, the Mining Industry Awards, CEO roundtables, B2B speed-networking, and site visits.

The finalists in the DRC Mining Industry Awards are:

Category: Clean Energy Project of the Year
- Aggreko
- Ivanhoe Mines
- Randgold Resources
- Tiger Resources SEK

Category: Community Development & Local Content
- Banro Foundation
- Fleurette
- Ivanhoe Mines
- Kamoto Copper Company
- MMG Limited
- Randgold Resources
- Tenke Fungurume Mining
- Tiger Resources SEK

Category: HR/Outsourcing Leader of the Year
- Banro Corporation
- Randgold Resources
- MD Sevices SARL
- Tenke Fungurume Mining

Category: Lifetime Achievement Award
- André Kapanga, General Manager, Tenke Fungurume Mining
- Desire Sangara, Vice-President, Government Relations, Banro Corporation
- Deven Shingala, CEO, Rutu Technologies
- Gustave Nzeng, Chairman, Kamoto Copper Company
- Louis Watum, Managing Director, Ivanhoe Mines
- Simon Tuma-Waku, Vice President, Federation of Congolese Enterprises
- Paul Yenga Mabolia, Executive Director, Mining Cadastral

Category: Mining Company of the Year
- Banro Corporation
- Ivanhoe Mines
- MMG Limited
- Randgold Resources
- Sicomines Sarl
- Tenke Fungurume Mining

Category: Outstanding Woman of the Year
- Chantal Bashizi, Administrative Director, Cadastre Minier, Cami
- Dorine Akinyi, Director, Dorime Radiators SARL
- Dorothée Masele, Senior social communications Specialist, Tenke Fungurume Mining
- Marie Chantal Kaninda, Chef Advisor External Affairs Africa, Rio Tinto
- Yvette Mwanza Mwamba, Executive Director, African Smelting Group

The following companies are sponsors of the DRC Mining Industry Awards:
- EY as verification partner
- ACF & Associates (Outstanding Woman of the Year)
- ERG (HR/Outsourcing Leader of the Year).

DRC Mining Week speaker and programme highlights include:

Opening session: Maintaining sustainable growth & competition in an age of capital austerity
- Chairperson: Simon Tuma Waku, Vice president in charge of Mining, FEC, DRC
- H.E Martin Kabwelulu Labilo, Minister of Mines, DRC
- H.E Ernest GWABOUBOU, Minister of Industry and Technology Development, Republic of Cameroon
- Claude Polet, President, Chamber of Mines, DRC
- Eric Mboma, Managing Director, Standard Bank, DRC

Tracking due diligence, transparency and good governance in a constraining environment
- Chairperson: Jean Félix Mupande, Executive Director, Mining Cadastre, DRC
- Alexis Mikandji, Managing Director, Centre of Evaluation, Expertise and Certification (CEEC), DRC
- Paul Mabolia Yenga, Coordinator, Promines, DRC
- Elisabeth Caesens, Open Society Fellow - Sciences Po Paris Lecturer, Belgium
- Eric Monga, Director, Trade Services, DRC

Diversification and access to capital to consolidate your market shares and improve the investment climate
- Chairperson: Marie Chantal Kaninda, Chief Advisor External Affairs, Rio Tinto, DRC
- Yves Binzunga, Multinational & Regional Corporate Head, Ecobank, DRC
- Guy Robert Lukama, Managing Director, Mongbwalu Mines, DRC
- Baraka Kabemba, Associate Director, Ernst &Young, DRC, SARL
- Dieudonné Lokadi Moga, Managing Director, DGI, DRC

Impressive industry support
As with past iPAD events, the DRC Mining Week has secured the impressive support of the industry through the platinum sponsorships of Banro Corporation, Engen, Standard Bank and Tenke Fungurume Mining, while Aggreko, ERG, Ernst&Young, Tiger Resources Limited, Total, NEC and Vodacom are gold sponsors.

DRC Mining Week is organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK.

DRC Mining Week dates and venue:
DRC Mining Industry Awards: 8 June 2016 – La Bohème, Lubumbashi
Strategic Conference days: 8-9 June 2016, 09h00
Expo: 8-9 June 2016, 09h00
Pre-conference: 7 June 2016
Site visits: 10 June 2016
Venue: Grand Karavia Hotel, Lubumbashi, Katanga, DRC
DRC Mining Week
Annemarie Roodbol